Being such a popular past time for so many, I thought I would see if Bingo could be found in the Genealogy world. I chose several databases online to help me with this assignment. I typed in Bingo Genealogy and actually found a bingo card with genealogy activities on it. For those of you with bingo cravings you can find this card at http://ncmuseumofhistory.org/workshops/genealogy/bingo_hndout.htm . The game of bingo is much like conducting genealogical research in that almost anyone can play it, there is a methodical way to approach it and with a little luck and perseverance, you will find what you are looking for; not always but I cross my fingers just the same. Bingo usually has a cash prize attached to it, well genealogical research has its own rewards.
Next, I thought it would be fun to see if anyone carried the name Bingo in their wallets or in old documents from the past. It was very interesting to find that yes indeed several people were researching the surname Bingo and variations thereof. Further, it was intriguing to find that the surname Bingo was found in many nationalities including, Austrian, Bohemian, Chinese, Dutch, English, French Canadian, German, Greek, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Norwegian, Philipino, Polish, Portuguese, Puerto Rican, Russian, Scottish and Wales. Many Bingo families seem to have migrated to the United States at one point or another; all spread out amongst various states such as, Arkansas, California, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Many of these individuals and families were found amongst the birth, marriage and death records as well as in various census records.
As early as 1788 I was able to locate a reference to a Bingo who married in St. George Hanover Square in England, but not too much detail was given. On the 1841 census for Devon England, I was able to locate a Thomas and Elizabeth Bingo. Thomas was apparently born circa 1801 and worked as a farmer. The 1861 census for Scotland showed an Isabella Bingo born circa 1793 and living in Aberdeenshire. In 1871 A William and Maron Bingo were living with their children in St. John Glamorgan Wales.
The earliest Bingo family I located in the US was on the 1850 census for a Thomas Bingo from Ireland born c1807 and living in Ohio. Then there was a Dick Bingo in the American Civil War from South Carolina who fought as a Confederate. Twenty-six Bingos were drafted in WWI and eighteen Japanese American Bingos were relocated in WWII, while two Bingos were drafted into this same war. Bingo families can be found on most of the federal US census up to 1930.
The earliest Bingo family I could find in Canada was on the 1851 census for a Paul Bingo in Glengarry, Charlottenburgh Ontario, however no age or any other information was supplied on him. In 1871 a John Bingo from Scotland was found working as a farmer in Bruce County Ontario. The 1911 census revealed a Walter and Eliza Bingo, both born in England in the 1870s, residing in Brandon Manitoba and working as a labourer. There were three recent Canadian obituaries where it mentioned the deceased’s love of bingo including one lady they called Granny Bingo.
Bingo seems to be found in many places and throughout many timeframes. It was quite a surprise to find Bingo being called up in many different genealogical records. Bingo seems to be a passionate pastime for so many. Perhaps more bingo players will become involved in genealogical research now that they know that Bingo seems to be everywhere. Of course, again, any genealogist will tell you to expect the unexpected.
“MAY ALL YOUR GENEALOGICAL DREAMS COME TRUE!!!”
Tammy Tipler-Priolo BASc, PLCGS
The Ancestor Investigator is also the Ancestor Whisperer.